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Lake of the Pines alleged conman set to be sentenced

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A Lake of the Pines man who faced 29 felony counts for allegedly conning several of his friends and neighbors won’t be seeing a trial. William Lawson Campbell, who was 64 when he was arrested in October, pleaded no contest Monday afternoon to 11 felony counts of false pretenses, according to Anna Ferguson, assistant district attorney for the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office. Campbell is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Oct. 13 in Dept. 4 of the Nevada City courthouse. Ferguson said the District Attorney’s Office made a deal for Campbell to face a maximum of eight years in prison, but said Judge Thomas Anderson is expected to give a sentence of no more than 5 years and eight months in prison. “We are, of course, hoping to convince him otherwise,” Ferguson said. Ferguson said the District Attorney’s Office plans to have victim statements at the sentencing. The District Attorney’s Office tried to piece together a deal that represented the primary victims in the case, according to Ferguson. Campbell’s remaining charges are being dismissed with a Harvey Waiver, which means the court can still consider them during sentencing, Ferguson said. ~Bridget Jones